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After over a decade of plans, studies, and engineering,Wisconsin's
High Speed Inter-City Rail funds have been reallocated to other states.
December 10, 2010
The US DOT announced yesterday that the Wisconsin and Ohio funds awarded earlier this year to implement the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative in those states would be reallocated to other states including California and Illinois. Wisconsin will retain $2 million of the $810 million to improve hte Milwaukee-Chicago Hiawatha line.
The train would have served as a channel of commerce in a key jobs and eonomic development corridor that would have eventually linked Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, where passengers could connect with fast trains to cities throughout the Midwest on the Midwest Regional Rail Initiave.
USDOT Secretary LaHood stated that funds could not be used for roads or another rail project, and would go to other states who are in line for high speed rail projects. Several states agressively sought funds.
WisDOT says that over 10,000 jobs and billions of dollars in economic development would have been would been created by implementing the fast trains.
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To Learn more:
Visit Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) High Speed Rail project
See WisDOT Fall Newsletter
See WisDOT Economic Fact Sheet
A Track Record of Success: High-Speed Rail Around the World and Its Promise for America
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